How can the lessons learned by a pre-Civil War Economist impact our understanding of early childhood development? In this TEDxTC Talk, Art Rolnick makes the case for the monetary value of educating at-risk youth.
Vital to Growth: The Early Childhood Sector of the U.S. Economy, Feb. 2011 In the first comprehensive calculation of its kind, the Partnership for America’s Economic Success estimates the annual value of U.S. resources devoted to children from birth to age five at nearly $400 billion.
Early education programs do not supplant parents, but support them as their childs first and most important teacher. The sad reality is that many low-income parents grew up in poverty and may not have the tools to support their childs education. Evidence-based programs coach low-income parents on how to best support their childs education at school and at home starting before the child is born. Only by supporting the family can we narrow the achievement gap and break the cycle of poverty.
Presenter Shannon Grave has a wealth of experience in the field of early childhood mental health, early childhood special education/Early Intervention for children birth to three, and has 6 years of experience providing mental health consultation to Head Start/Early Head Start. In addition to her passion in working with young children and their families, Shannon is pursuing her PhD as a faculty member at the University of North Dakota in the Department of Special Education teaching multidisciplinary courses on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
A report from The Urban Institute and The Brookings Institute shows that spending on children increased under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and other stimulus spending, but not proportionately to other federal spending. As ARRA expires, the report projects that spending on children will decline, assuming no change in current policies.
Law enforcement leaders recognize that early childhood education programs are among the most powerful weapons to prevent crime and violence. While these programs go by many different names and vary in their focus, Head Start, child care, pre-kindergarten and early education programs can all offer high-quality learning environments that prepare kids for school and help them avoid a life of crime.
A report by Mission: Readiness--Military Leaders for Kids Many young people who want to join the military cannot. In fact, the Pentagon is reporting that 75 percent of all young adults ages 17-24 in America are unable to join the military. Too many young men and women lack a high school diploma, are in poor physical shape, or have a criminal record. The United States military must continue to insist on rigorous eligibility standards because it needs competent, healthy and educated individuals to staff the world’s most professional and technologically advanced military. If we want to ensure that we have a strong, capable fighting force for the future, we need America’s youth to succeed academically, graduate from high school, be fit, and obey the law. The most proven approach to help kids graduate starts early: high-quality early education for at-risk kids. It also helps kids stay away from crime and succeed in life.
Authoritative yet accessible, From Neurons to Neighborhoods presents the evidence about "brain wiring" and how kids learn to speak, think, and regulate their behavior. It examines the effect of the climate-family, child care, community-within which the child grows.